Ashdown review calls for greater disaster preparednessCharity Insight Contributor
Building resilience to disasters should be a core part of DfID’s development work around the work, a report by Paddy Ashdown has recommended.
Drawing reference to the case of Mozambique, which in 2006 was unable to raise £2m from the international community to prepare for floods which ultimately resulted in a £60m aid bill, Ashdown highlights how investment in infrastructure and human capacity will ultimately save lives and money in the future.
The recommendation is one of 40 aimed at improving the way the UK responds to emergencies. They range from high-level policy reforms to practical changes on the ground, including the creation of a global 'risk register' that will enable better anticipation of disasters to putting hazard reduction and contingency plans in place.
Ashdown also called for better leadership saying that the UN is often "too weak and slow" to provide an effective response.
"To introduce a new dynamism in to the humanitarian sector DfID needs to reach out to new partners. It needs to work better with new donors and the private sector. It needs to promote innovation and bring new innovations and processes to scale faster," says the report. "It needs to put the measurement of impact at the heart of its work, and demand accountability and transparency of itself and its partners."
Picture source: DFID, Lord Paddy Ashdown with children in a tent in Sukkur, Pakistan.
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